• The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking nominations for candidates to serve on the reestablished National Genetic Resources Advisory Council. The purpose of the Council is to formulate recommendations on actions and policies for the collection, maintenance, and utilization of genetic resources; to make recommendations for coordination of genetic resources plans of domestic and international organizations; and to advise the Secretary of Agriculture of new and innovative approaches to genetic resources conservation. Nominations are due by 30 June. For more information, visit http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-16/html/2011-11926.htm.

  • The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities is seeking input from the scientific community on the U.S. government's new Feed the Future Initiative, a campaign to reduce hunger and poverty worldwide. An online forum was recently launched to solicit ideas for research opportunities that support the initiative's goals. For more information about Feed the Future, visit http://www.feedthefuture.gov/. To join the forum, visit http://globalfoodsecurityresearch.net/forum.php.

  • The National Research Council recently released a booklet that explains the chemistry of ocean acidification and explores the impacts to marine life and coastal economies. "Ocean Acidification: Starting with Science" is available for free in print or electronic forms at http://oceanacidification.nas.edu/.


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